William E Odom, PhD

I am a geologist conducting geomorphologic and geochronologic research for the Appalachian Basin project.  My primary research interests include geomorphology and long-term landscape evolution, Cenozoic climate and tectonics, cosmogenic nuclides, ore formation, and radioisotopic dating.


I began working with the USGS while completing my Ph.D. on the Cenozoic climatic and tectonic history of the Appalachian Mountains.  In 2020, I joined the USGS as a geologist with the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, where I contribute to geologic mapping studies in the Appalachians by producing geomorphologic and geochronologic data that enhance existing understanding of the region.  My research seeks to identify and constrain how the Appalachian landscape continues to evolve in response to climatic and tectonic fluctuations using a variety of GIS, radioisotopic, and field-based techniques.



  • Ph.D. in Geology - Purdue University (2020)
    • Dissertation: Dating the Cenozoic Incision History of the Tennessee and Shenandoah Rivers with Cosmogenic Nuclides and 40Ar/39Ar in Manganese Oxides (Advisor: Darryl Granger)
  • B.S. in Geology - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2014)


Professional Experience:

  • Geologist (2020-present), U.S. Geological Survey
  • Graduate Intern (2019), U.S. Geological Survey
  • Research Assistant (2015-2020), Purdue University
  • Teaching Assistant (2015-2016), Purdue University
  • Isotope Geochemistry & Geochronology Laboratory Technician (2013-2014), UNC Chapel Hill
  • Wave Propagation Laboratory Technician (2011-2012), UNC Chapel Hill



  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • The Paleontological Society